Howard Milton Hupe passed away on July 19, 2017 in Davis, following a valiant struggle against ill health.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Feb. 1, 1930, Howard spent his formative years in Pittsburgh and attended Carrick High School. He enlisted in the Army, and among his early career assignments was serving as the Sergeant of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, one of the most prestigious assignments in the U.S. Army.
Howard went to Officer Candidate School and after 25 years of service, retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. While at the Army Command and General Staff College, Howard earned his bachelor’s degree at Park College and a later master’s degree at Sacramento State. He was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Wars and received the Silver and Bronze Stars for valor in combat in addition to the Purple Heart. He was proudest of his Combat Infantry Badge with star, indicating that he had borne arms for his country while serving as an Infantry officer under hostile fire in two major conflicts.
Following his military career, Howard settled in Davis with Germaine, his wife of almost 59 years. He was a counselor at Winters High School for several years, and Winters became the adopted hometown of both Howard and Germaine, who taught at Winters High for 29 years.
Howard became very involved in civic affairs in Winters and Yolo County for the next 40+ years. His activities included being a founding member of the Winters Theatre Company, where he directed almost 100 plays; a board member and frequent officer of the Winters Chamber of Commerce; the chairman of the Winters Farm Tour Program; the author of The Walking Tour Guide to historic Winters; an AFS coordinator in the student exchange program; a fund-raiser for the Winters Food Basket program; and the first Yolo County resident to be selected as President for the California State Family Service Agency. In 1986, Howard and Germaine were named Winters Citizens of the Year.
He is survived by his wife, Germaine; daughter, Glenell Rutkoff; sons Bruce and Jeffrey Hupe; daughters-in-law Megan Hupe and Vivian Stiassny; granddaughters Lauren and Elaina Hupe; grandsons Micah and Jared Rutkoff; and great-grandchildren Joshua, Mackenzie, Coleman and Cameryn.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Winters Theatre Company or the Winters Ministerial Alliance Food Basket Program.